4 Ways to Help Your Digestive Health

Your digestive system is an important part of your overall health and well being and just, like the rest of your body, it needs some love and attention.

It is one of the largest organs in your body and just by making a few simple changes, you can help your digestive health and make sure your system does the job it is supposed to do – absorbing nutrients and keeping things running smoothly.

Below we list 4 supplements that you can start to take to ensure that your digestive health is the way it should be.

 

Psyllium

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Because of Psyllium’s high fibre contant it is able to absorb water in your intestine.

This makes sure that your stools are bulky and makes them easier to pass.

It is used as an ingredient in many laxatives, and, it is important when treating constipation that you drink plenty of fluids to help avoid dehydration as well help to move your system along.

It is best to check with a doctor before taking to ensure that you do not have any allergies.

 

Probiotics


‘Good bacteria’ are naturally found in the human gut and they are used to prevent and alleviate many different types of conditions but, in particular, those that affect the gastrointestinal tract. Sometimes, though, they need a helping hand and this is where probiotics come in.

Probiotics contain live microorganisms – mainly bacteria and one type of yeast – which are particularly good at normalizing your bowel movements and regulating the amount of healthy bacteria.

Some types of probiotics may provide relief from diarrhea and may also relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

 

Fermented Foods


Instead of taking a probiotic supplement, you might like to consider fermented food instead.

Traditionally fermented foods are rich in beneficial lactic acid bacteria which are what naturally make milk products go sour.

In your digestive tract, the bacteria help ferment carbohydrates that humans cannot digest.

Fermented Foods

The byproducts of this process help keep the gut acidic, which prevents harmful organisms from being able to grow and help the good bacteria flourish.

Pickled vegetables, fermented milk products and kefir are some examples of fermented food.

 

Ginger


Ginger is a favourite condiment used in Japanese cuisine and is also a traditional Asian remedy for tummy aches and sickness.

It is good for digestion and also a popular natural aid with pregnant women.

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It can help whether it is in tea, supplement or food form. It can help digestion by speeding up the process that moves food from the stomach into the upper small intestine.

 


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